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Definition of "spring" []

  • To move upward or forward in a single quick motion or a series of such motions; leap. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move suddenly on or as if on a spring: The door sprang shut. The emergency room team sprang into action. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear or come into being quickly: New businesses were springing up rapidly. See Synonyms at stem1. (verb-intransitive)
  • To issue or emerge suddenly: A cry sprang from her lips. A thought springs to mind. (verb-intransitive)
  • To extend or curve upward, as an arch. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spring" in a sentence
  • "This ligament contains a considerable amount of elastic fibers, so as to give elasticity to the arch and spring to the foot; hence it is sometimes called the “spring” ligament."
  • "_sleeve_ or _thimble_ and it usually forms one of the main terminals of the jack; the spring, forming the other principal terminal, is called the _tip spring_, since it engages the tip of the plug."
  • "But sparrows splashed in the pools of sunshine; in a lull the darky's voice came again, chanting passionately, "In de spring, spring, _spring_!" and Carl clamored: "I've _got_ to get out to-day."